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As part of our mission, we strive to find solutions to diverse environmental challenges. And we do that in many ways. From uranium mining and algae blooms to environmental justice and climate policy, the science is just as diverse as the people behind it.

Stay tuned as we release videos from Fall 2019 to Spring 2020.


Everyone is a scientist in their own wayScience For All shows how we are changing citizen science.

One environmental scientist is shifting the paradigm of traditional science.

Meet Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta. She wants to change the way we do science to better address environmental injustice. 

“You can address injustices through the democratization of science.”

Mónica and transdisciplinary research team work with four Arizona communities through the co-created citizen science project, Project Harvest.

This community science project looks at the quality of rainwater harvesting systems of communities living near either active or legacy mine sites, or other potential sources of pollution. At the same time, they evaluate environmental health literacy. Relying heavily on peer education and culturally sensitive strategies, the Project Harvest team shows how how anyone can be a scientist.

Come investigate harmful algal blooms in Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands in Deciphering Deadly Algae.

See science as it happens--sometimes unexpected discoveries can lead to big solutions.

Meet Dr. Jean McLain. For the past decade, this environmental microbiologist as tackled the environmental challenge of what makes algae in our water bodies suddenly become deadly.

“We’ve identified something that is preventing toxic algal blooms from occurring. And the next step is to find out what is that something.”

Through water sampling, microbiological analysis and collaboration with local municipalities, Jean and her graduate student Robert Lynch discovered that something in recycled water (reclaimed water) of the City of Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands seems to inhibit toxin production.

As warming climate and increasing pollution from agriculture makes these harmful algal blooms more frequent and widespread on a global scale, these environmental scientists might have a clue in a small, desert wetland.


In The Making of a Metalhead Scientist, we follow Brenna on her winding path to environmental science.

Watch this self-proclaimed metalhead scientist find her path in environmental science.

Meet Brenna. A talented artist and environmental science major who loves all things outdoors, metal music and cats. Because of her unconventional path, Brenna remains audacious in the face of unforeseen setbacks and feels empowered by science.

“Microbiology is working with the magical and the invisible. Everything is details. It takes time and practice and patience… and being kind to yourself. Especially if you fail, which can happen a lot in science.”

She helps our faculty Dr. Paul Carini better understand the microbes beneath out feet. Limited understanding of the smallest organisms in our world hinders our ability to handle these environmental challenges, like shifting climates, contaminated water and increasing drought. One day, she hopes to use her knowledge of microbiology in bioremediation--using microbes to treat the contamination of soil and water.

We partnered with Landmark Stories, a small documentary team powered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to offer an intimate glimpse into what drives today’s scientists to solve some of the biggest environmental challenges we face today.